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KEVIN NAVARRO, PIANO - The Beethoven 2020 Project

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The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation

1750 29th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94122

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Kevin Navarro, classical pianist and vocal accompanist is a native of Seattle, Washington and has resided in San Francisco for nine years.

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Date & Time: Saturday August 15, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco

Tickets: Free Admission. Donations gratefully accepted.

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PROGRAM

  1. J.S. Bach Italian Concerto
  2. L. Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor “Appassionata”
  3. F. Chopin Two Etudes Opus 25
  4. F. Chopin Ballade No.1 in G minor
  5. F. Chopin Barcarolle in F# Major

For the 2020 Recital Series, I’ve selected iconic works from masters who shaped the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Eras of solo piano literature. We will begin the evening with J.S. Bach’s Italian Concerto, a composition which typically is written for a solo performer and orchestra. However through only changes in texture and voicing Bach gives the effect of a solo instrument playing with a larger ensemble all in one clavier instrument. What follows is an incredibly emotional piece and one of Beethoven’s most famous piano sonatas – “Appassionata” Sonata No. 23 in F minor. This piece is considered by many to be one of his three great piano sonatas from the middle creation period – Waldenstein, Les Adieux and Appassionata. Concluding the evening will be four iconic works from the master of the Romantic Era – Frederic Chopin. Two contrasting styles of Etudes from Opus 25 will illustrate how Chopin brought artistry and drama to what were traditionally dexterity exercises for piano students. The next work, and perhaps the piece closest to my heart is Chopin’s Ballade No.1 in G minor. The historical Ballad tells a story in verse with or without music, however with Chopin’s masterpiece it is a musical composition for solo piano that tells a story in purely musical terms. The evening’s finale will be Chopin’s majestic Barcarolle in F# Major. Composed only three years prior to his death, the Barcarolle features a sweepingly romantic and slightly wistful tone. Artur Bielecki of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute once wrote –

“The Barcarolle, Op. 60 is a grand, expansive work from the late period in the oeuvre of Fryderyk Chopin. Chopin refers in this work to the convention of the barcarola – a song of the Venetian gondoliers which inspired many outstanding composers of the nineteenth century, including Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Liszt and Faure. Yet it is hard to find a barcarolle that would compare with Chopin’s work for beauty and compositional artistry.”

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